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Appalachian region the focus of 2013 ‘A Civil War Evening’

Leigh Ann Laube • Jul 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Stephen Dean, creator of “The Heartland Series” will be the guest speaker during “A Civil War Evening,” the annual Fun Fest event sponsored by the Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table, the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, U.Va.-Wise Appalachian Warfare Program and WKPT-TV.

This year’s event is set for 6:30 to 9 p.m., July 15 at the Kingsport Renaissance Center auditorium, 1200 E. Center St. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Fun Fest store.

Dean’s presentation will focus on Cumberland Gap and the Appalachian region. A photo will be displayed of Cumberland Gap during its Union Army occupation in 1862.

Dean created “The Heartland Series” television programs about the culture of Appalachia — produced by WBIR-TV in Knoxville — and he served as executive producer of the series for 20 years. He has produced a number of documentaries about the history and culture of Appalachia and is currently the president of the East Tennessee Civil War Alliance.

He produced “Its Memory Alone Remains” in 2007 about the Civil War in East Tennessee, and “Holding the High Ground” in 2009 tracing the history of earthwork forts in the Civil War era along Knoxville’s waterfronts.

In 2012, he wrote, produced and directed an educational program about the unique history of the Civil War at Cumberland Gap, which is a free resource to any teacher who requests it.

Following Dean’s presentation, Dale Jett and Hello Stranger will perform Civil War-era music from their new album “When the Sun Comes Out Again.” The band includes Dale Jett, son of the late Janette Carter and grandson of the legendary A.P. and Sara Carter; his wife, Teresa; and long-time friend, Oscar Harris. Dale Jett sings, Teresa Jett plays bass, and Harris plays guitar, autoharp and mandolin.

The Tri-Cities Civil War Roundtable is open to the public and meets six to eight times a year, usually at the Toy F. Reid Employee Center at Eastman Chemical Co., and occasionally at the Renaissance Center.

For more information, email Roundtable member Wayne Strong at trustwrks@aol.com.

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